Case Studies

Western Hospital Site Office Decant Accommodation

Western Hospital Site Office Decant Accommodation

Client The University of Glasgow
Project Decant Office Space – Western Hospital Site
Scale 4,000 sq m (43,000 sq ft)
Services Building Surveying


The University of Glasgow commissioned Brown + Wallace  Building Surveying to initially inspect two buildings on the Western Hospital site and comment on their suitability for use as decant office space from the Gilmorehill Campus.  B+W quickly established one building would require significant enabling works and capital investment to allow conversion to office space.  In conjunction with the University, three alternative buildings were identified as possible candidates for conversion to provide decant office accommodation.

Feasibility report was required by the University to establish the extent of accommodation within the identified hospital buildings that could be converted to office use, highlighting the refurbishment works required and associated budget costs.

Project Role

Brown + Wallace undertook the following:

  • Initial inspection to identify the extent of each floor within the four properties that could be converted to office space.
  • Preparation of existing general arrangement drawings.
  • Preparation of drawings identifying areas for conversion and out turn occupancy load factors, establishing potential desk numbers.
  • Preparation of space plan drawings based on the findings above.
  • Co-ordination of Services Engineers.
  • Review and interpretation of Service Engineers reports.
  • Preparation and publication of Feasibility Report, including budget cost breakdowns, based on £/sqm, £/desk and total budget cost for the full project.

Added Value

Following publication of the Report Brown + Wallace meet with the University to go through the findings in more detail and established possible areas where savings could be made as well as identifying ways of increasing the occupancy capacity and reducing £/desk.

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